FOFC is a community-wide project started in early 2016 by an elected FOFC committee of volunteers and supported by FOFC members who are all volunteers. We work in the cemetery most Saturdays between 10.30 and 1.30 weather permitting.
With help from local businesses, traders and local organisations we can achieve so much more and this page will list the businesses, traders and other organisations that have been happy to support our work. Support can be provided in many ways: financial donations, tools and equipment, promotional opportunities, professional advice….even refreshments …all are very gratefully received and will help us work more effectively. If your organisation could support us in any way please do get in touch to discuss your ideas. For individuals who would like to support our fundraising please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/old-folkestone-cemetery
Folkestone Town Council (April 2023) donated funding to buy some new gardening hand tools and replacement gardening gloves to allow us to continue with our work.
PaversFoundation provided funding (April 2022) in support of the creation of the White Garden – a special place of reflection for bereaved parents and relatives of ‘born sleeping’ babies. A slip of land that is being turned into an informal memorial garden, planted with white flowering plants, towards the back of the cemetery.
Cllr Ann Berry FHDC provided refurbished benches in the old Cemetery. Cllr Berry also provided funds from her 2021 Ward funding pot to allow planting, signage and seating to be placed in the newly created White Garden.
F&HDC kindly donated our start-up set of hand tools to get us going. F&HDC also support our work by allowing one of their groundwork staff to work alongside us each Saturday morning. We have regular discussions with a F&HFC Senior officer to agree a maintenance plan that strikes a balance between supporting and encouraging wildlife and wildflowers and keeping the old cemetery maintained and tidy.
Cllr Clive Goddard District Councillor provided funds from his 2016 Ward funding pot to allow the purchase of a new strimmer and secateurs.
Cllr Rory Love District Councillor provided funds from his 2016 Ward funding pot to allow the purchase safety clothing/equipment and literature.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council (was Shepway DC) awarded FOFC funds in 2018 to allow the provision of an Interpretation Panel commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1.
Air Raid Families Group – led by Margaret Care kindly donated funding towards the new Interpretation Panel which was placed in November 2018